Hearing bus is coming to town
BEEN a bit hard of hearing lately? Why not get a free hearing check when the Australian Hearing bus heads to Cannonvale next week.
Since its launch in 2009, the mobile hearing service has provided more than 40,000 free checks in communities across Australia and now has 11 'blue and white buses'.
Acting manager at Australian Hearing Mackay Diana Camilleri said it was common for people to be unaware their hearing was diminishing as age-related hearing loss developed gradually.
"A hearing check is a quick and easy way to measure the sounds you can and can't hear," she said.
"Our team will also be on hand to guide you through what next steps you may have to take in regards to your hearing."
About 60% of Australians over 60 suffer from some type of hearing loss, making it a prevalent issue in the community.
"Not everyone who is experiencing problems hearing needs a hearing aid," Ms Camilleri said.
"Sometimes it's just hearing the TV at normal volumes, hearing your doorbell, or hearing your friends on the phone that's the problem."
Information will also be available about a range of common hearing issues and visitors can view a display of easy-to-use hearing devices for around the home.
Any adults who visit the bus on the day can receive a free hearing check and appointments do not need to be made in advance.
The Australian Hearing Bus will be at Whitsunday Shopping Centre in Cannonvale on Wednesday, July 27 from 9.30-3pm.